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Togo is pronounced toe·go” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Togo is translated from the Ewe language as “behind the river”. This country gained its independence on April 27, 1960 from France and is known as “land where lagoons lie”. According to the 2021 census there are around 16,000 Togolese-born individualsthat live in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Togo.

Togo African Country Flag

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What Does The Togo Flag Represent?

  • RED: symbolizes the blood shed in the struggle for independence
  • GREEN: hope for the future and Togo’s agricultural wealth
  • YELLOW: represents the riches of the land
  • THE WHITE STAR: represents hope

Where is Togo located?

Togo is located in West Africa bordered by Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin.

World Data Locator Map, Togo

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What Timezone is Togo in?

Togo is in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT). The capital of Togo, Lomé is 4 hours ahead of the east coast, 3 hours ahead of central standard time and is on the same time as the west coast.

Facts

Facts About Togo:

  1. Capital: Lomé
  2. Population: 8.645 million
  3. Togo consists of 5 regions; Maritime, Plateaux, Centrale, Kara and Savanes
  4. Nationality: Togolese
  5. Political system: Togo as a parliamentary democracy
  6. national symbol or animal: Two red lions which represent bravery
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Right (same as USA)

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Languages

What Are The Official Languages of Togo?

French is the official language of Togo but Ewé and Kabiyé are the national languages spoken.

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Currency

What is the Currency in Togo?

West African CFA franc is the currency used in Togo.

$1 = 644.14

$20 = 12882.74

$60 = 38648.23

West African CFA franc bank notes

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Entertainment

Some popular artist from Togo are Afia Mala, Akofa Akoussah and many more: click here

Below are incredible traditional dances of Togo.

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Religion

What Are The Religions of Togo?

In Togo the religions practiced are; Christianity, Islam, Baháʼí and traditional religions.

Food

What Are The Traditional Foods of Togo?

Some of the popular dishes in Togo are Akoume – La Pâte, Akpan, Fufu, Ayimolou, Djenkoumé, Pinon, Yassa and Palm Fruit Soup (Deku Dessi).

Holidays

What the Key Holidays Celebrated in Togo?

Independence Day: April 27th

Ascension Day: 39 days after Easter

Whit Monday: 7th Monday after Easter

Martyrs’ Day: June 21st

All Saints’ Day: November 1st

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Togo:

  • Kpalime

  • Koutammakou

  • Lomé

  • Togoville

  • Agbodrafo

Is Togo Safe?

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Top 3 Places To Live In Togo:

  • Lomé

  • Sokode

  • Kpalime

I hope this information has given you more insight into Togo but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa

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